Wellness Scoop // Holiday Edition
This Wellness Scoop is bound to get you in the holiday spirit! We are already feeling quite festive, and are sharing some Boston-area holiday events and activities that will have you feeling that holiday magic too. If you are looking for unique places to holiday shop, a cozy place to welcome the winter weather, or want to get crafty this season, this is the scoop for you!
Ever wonder what those unpronounceable words are on the nutrition fact label? Check out what we scooped for Fully Nourished news for answers to that and more. Most of all, we hope you enjoy this holiday season and do one thing each day that makes your inner child smile!
(1): Flour Cafe + Bakery
With multiple locations all over the city, Flour Cafe + Bakery offers the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with delicious and wholesome lunch options like salads and grain bowls, and homemade cookies that will give you all the feels.
(2): Little Donkey
Get your foodie on with innovative cuisine presented by restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. Located in Central Square, Cambridge, Little Donkey features globally inspired small plates that can be mixed and matched for an unforgettable dining experience. BBQ scallops anyone?
(3): Sofra Bakery & Cafe
A cafe, bakery, and specialty food shop all in one! Sofra Bakery, located in Cambridge, offers a variety of delicious options inspired by Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek flavors. You can’t go wrong with a mezze plate, followed by a sesame-cashew bite for dessert!
~ Holiday Cheer ~
Celebrate this holiday season by joining conductor Keith Lockhart and “America’s Orchestra”, the Boston Pops. This is a spectacular evening filled with holiday music favorites, a classic sing-along, and a surprise visit from good ol’ St. Nick himself!
Multiple dates & times, Boston Symphony Hall
Witness the 76th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common and celebrate with local refreshments, ice-skating, and music. At just before 8:00 PM the holiday lights throughout both the Commons and the Public Gardens will light up sequentially!
November 30, 6 – 8 PM, Boston Commons
December 13, 4:30 – 10 PM, Museum of Fine Arts
(4): The Nutcracker
Enjoy this classic ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky and get lost in the enchanting storyline of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and the Sugar Plum Fairy! Maybe even make it an annual tradition shared with family and friends.
Multiple dates & times, Boston Opera House
~ Let’s Get Crafty ~
Cozy up by the fire, sip a warming cocktail, and learn to make your own custom wreath. Perfect to bring the holiday cheer to your home!
December 2 & 9, 1 PM, Capo Restaurant
In this hands-on-class, learn all about the healing powers of essential oils, and create custom gifts perfect for your family and friends!
December 17th, 12 – 3 PM, Kameleon Healing Aromatherapy
~ Shop Till You Drop ~
(1): SoWa Winter Festival
Kick off this holiday season with festive activities and tasty fare! Shop handmade gifts and specialty food products, enjoy wintry cocktails, groove to live holiday music, and purchase your Christmas tree, all in one place.
December 2, 11 AM – 7 PM & December 3, 11 AM – 5 PM, SoWa Open Market
December 5, 6 – 8:30 PM, Warehouse XI
Complete your holiday shopping at the ICA’s Winter Harbor Market, featuring all local vendors and innovative pop-up restaurants!
December 9, 11 AM – 4 PM, Boston Seaport
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Impress your friends with gourmet appetizers this holiday season! During this hands-on-class, you will make three specialty appetizers and enjoy a tasting of three local wines.
December 2, 1 – 3 PM, Boston Public Market
Chocolate everything! In this hands-on class, you will learn to make truffles, barks, caramels, and biscotti that will make impressive holiday gifts!
December 10, 9 – 11:30 AM, Prudential Center
Follow along as Chef Karen Akunowicz, Executive Chef of Myers + Chang, prepares a recipe from her new book Myers + Chang at Home Cooking. Not only will you learn how to make a delicious dish, but you will receive a signed copy of the book!
December 17, 6 – 8 PM, Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Learn to make specialty cocktails using local whiskey, rum, and gin from Bully Boy Distillers. You will be the life of the party at all of your holiday gatherings!
December 22, 6 – 7:30 PM, Boston Public Market
FULLY NOURISHED NEWS
It is well known that fiber intake is linked to a variety of health benefits from lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels to promoting feelings of fullness and aiding in proper bowel function. Fiber can be found in whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts; but it is increasingly being found in processed goods as a bulking agent. The Food and Drug Administration has begun to conduct research on whether the fiber found in these goods can be considered a dietary source of fiber and contribute to the well-known health benefits.
Salty or sweet, which foods do you crave most during the holiday season? Nutritionist Lisa Drayer summarizes studies indicating that the consumption of spicy food can help to curb our cravings of both salt and sugar. In fact, one study found that spicy flavors enhanced salt sensitivity and therefore reduced salt preference. Dare to sauté with St. Lucifer’s Habanero Olive Oil?
With the holiday season well underway, we are celebrating and sharing the holiday spirit in more ways than one! This time of year is famous for spiced eggnog, bottles of bubbly, and cranberry flavored cocktails shared with friends. Although there is nothing wrong with a little self-indulgence this holiday season, this article is an important read on what counts as a drink serving and how to avoid binge-drinking. Check out this CDC fact sheet as well for tips on moderate drinking and details on short and long term health risks.
Plan to check out one of these events this December or enhance your culinary skills at one of the cooking classes? Or, are you looking forward to doing your holiday shopping at one of the pop-up local markets? Whatever you plan to do, we would love to hear from you! Snap a pic of your holiday adventures and tag us on Instagram with #fullynourished. Tis the season for spirited adventures, family celebrations, and the spreading of joy and cheer!
In health and happiness,
Alexandra Rae & Felicia Stewart